Burlie James James, 93, widow of Alex “Ducas” James, departed this earthly life on Monday, August 9, 2010 at Sumter East Health and Rehabilitation Center, Sumter. Born in Sumter County on May 22, 1917, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Mary Magdalene Nelson James.
At an early age Burlie gave her life to Christ. She began her Christian discipleship at Congruity United Presbyterian Church, Sumter, where she remained an active member until her marriage to Alex “Ducas” James. Her Christian journey continued at Trinity United Presbyterian Church, Mayesville, where she served as a faithful member of the Presbyterian Women’s Organization, the Usher Board and the Deacon Board.
Burlie was a compassionate woman who enjoyed life and caring for others. Her pleasures included cooking, sewing and gardening. She shared whatever she had with others, including family, friends and people in the community. Everyone loved her homemade cakes and pies. She loved canning fruits and vegetables all summer long, and sharing the harvest with many. Her hands were used as tools to create quilts and clothing for her children, church members and people in the community. Prize winning quilts were displayed at county and state fairs.
A strong believer in discipline and hard work, Burlie preached these values and enthusiastically embraced the positive accomplishments of all people she came in contact, especially young children. Her employment history includes working at Exide Battery Company and Coca Cola Bottling Company from where she retired. She also shared her skills as a volunteer with programs for battered women and the homeless.
She leaves to cherish her precious memories: one son, Richmond James of Sumter; four daughters, Frances J. Smalls and Shirley L. James, both of Sumter, Cora J. (Fred) Stanley of Bronx, NY, Gladys James (John W. Lesane) of New York, NY; a stepson, Willie Abraham of Bronx, NY; a multitude of grandchildren, three of which were reared in the home, Alex R. James III of Columbia, Carl E. James of Columbus, OH, Annette James Booze of Greenbelt, MD; a generation of great grandchildren, great- great grandchildren and great-great-great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Emma China James of Sumter; a son-in-law, Allen Eugene Singleton of Sumter; a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her daughters, Willie Mae James, Mary Lee Singleton and Mary J. Reed and her brothers, Freddie, Prince and Henry.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a. m., Saturday, August 14, 2010 from the Trinity Presbyterian Church (USA), 136 Main Street, Mayesville, with Rev. Stanley W. Jones I, pastor, eulogist, assisted by Rev. Marvin Hodge, Rev. Cassandra James, Rev. Mary J. Ragin, Elder John Davis, Elder Barbara L. Benjamin, Elder Elijah Washington and Elder Willie J. Rollerson.
The family will receive friends at the home of her daughter, Gladys James, 56 Saratoga Street, Sumter.
Wake service will be held Friday, 6:00 – 7:00 p. m. from the John Wesley Williams, Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the Church at 10:00 a. m.
The funeral procession will leave from the home at 10:20 a. m.
Floral Bearers will be members of the Deacon Board and friends of the family.
Pall Bearers will be friends of the family.
Burial will be in the Mayesville Cemetery, Mayesville.